Awesome Music: Dream Theater
Let the Scenes of Memories to fly with the Majesty
of the Theater of Dreams
- "The Ytse Jam". A Sdrawkcab and Meaningful Name for an awesome instrumental.
- Images and Words.
- It may take a few listens to get into, but Awake is an amazing follow-up to Images and Words and can be a contender for the band's Magnum Opus.
- "A Change of Seasons": 23 minutes of awesomeness talking about the cycle of life itself. Three words: "Innocence surrounding me..."
- From the not-so-loved Falling Into Infinity, we have the 12 beautiful minutes of "Trial of Tears".
- Also the entirety of Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory.
- "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence": One song, eight parts and 42 minutes of awesome. For maximum awesomeness, listen to all of the parts non-stop (if necessary, take a music-editing program and edit all the song parts together) for an absolutely epic joyride.
- Off that album "The Glass Prison" deserves a special mention. The intro alone - which is admittedly quite long, but it is Dream Theater - is more awesome than some bands cram into one album.
- The Darker and Edgier Train Of Thought gives us "This Dying Soul", the second part of Mike's Twelve-Step Suite.
- "Octavarium" is widely considered to be one of their most epic songs. It is a 24-minute, 5-movement suite which ties the whole album together.
- "Panic Attack". The entire freaking song absolutely rules, but the bassline deserves special mention.
- From that very album, "These Walls", while not quite on the same incredible level as the title track, is a fantastic, beautiful song on its own.
- Sure it sounds like a song that should be on a U2 album, but I Walk Beside You is perhaps the most inspirational song Dream Theater has ever written.
- Two words: "Sacrificed Sons". Especially the second half of the song.
- The second act of their 20th anniversary concert features them playing with a full symphony orchestra. If you think DT isn't awesome per se, then wait until you hear "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" and "Octavarium".
- And for that matter, "Metropolis". It is the greatest possible way to finish an album ever.
- "Constant Motion", one of Dream Theater's few singles, combines the speed of thrash metal with the technicality that is their hallmark, with a refrain worthy of power metal. "Forevermore! Into the night, blistering!"
- "The Dark Eternal Night" is definitely one of the standout moments in Systematic Chaos. It has a groove that makes it an instant Ear Worm, while still sounding dark and heavy. During the verses, the distorted vocals portray the dark lyrics very well by sounding very much like an angry god who wants revenge in his people. Finally comes the amazing chorus and insane instrumental section. Mike Portnoy's stellar double-bass drumming also deserves special mention.
- Black Clouds and Silver Linings boasts "The Best of Times": an anthem to fathers everywhere. Jordan Rudess' expressive piano parts and James LaBrie's emotional vocals make this song a very powerful Tear Jerker.
- The same album opens with "A Nightmare to Remember", which would not sound out of place on Train of Thought. The song boasts what is possibly the heaviest drumming in the band's discography. The serene-sounding middle part also deserves special mention with a chord progression that takes you to another dimension.
- "The Shattered Fortress": the grand finale of Mike's Twelve-Step Suite, which reprises sections from all of the previous songs in the suite, while still having its own unique sections that sound fresh and triumphant. While it is very heavy, the lyrics make it clear that our protagonist has conquered his addiction and is now a better person because of it.
- "The Count of Tuscany is a sprawling 20 minute piece which hits all the right notes with fast paced sections, slow paced sections, amazing guitar and keyboard work and an incredible three minute section of pure ambiance. A more than worthy send off to Mike Portnoy.
- Quite a few fans had doubts about whether they could still be good after Mike Portnoy's departure. And then "On the Backs of Angels" was released.
- "Illumination Theory", especially the recurring Epic Riff. Also, it is very easy to let yourself drift off as you get lost in "Embracing Circle" section. That is until you are suddenly punched in the face by the "Pursuit of Truth" section, which is full of energy that continuously builds throughout the section until it finally climaxes at the beginning of the "Surrender, Trust, & Passion" section. It's all downhill from there. In a way, the song is like a movie with a well-defined plot.
- "The Enemy Inside" perfectly mixes Thrash Metal with Dream Theater's Signature Style. The song is very fast-paced with aggressive riffs at every turn, but there are still plenty of dynamic guitar and keyboard solos to still make it sound like Dream Theater. Mike Mangini's frantic drumming also adds to the intensity but doesn't overdo it.
- That song is then followed by "The Looking Glass", which is an fantastic tribute to Rush. It has a main riff that sounds like something that the Canadian legends could have written. The metal-sounding verses provide a great contrast to the melodic chorus. John Petrucci's amazing guitar work (especially his very lyrical guitar solo) deserves special mention.
- For those who love instrumentals, the self-titled album boasts "False Awakening Suite" and "Enigma Machine". The former is one of the most epic opening tracks in any album ever. The latter puts you right into a James Bond movie with suspenseful riffs and explosive solos (from every member of the band) everywhere. Anyone who still has doubts with Mike Mangini should listen to these two instrumentals (especially the latter) and reconsider their thoughts on him.